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Stages of transmutation : science fiction, biology, and environmental posthumanism

Author: Tom Idema
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Stages of Transmutation: Science Fiction, Biology, and Environmental Posthumanism develops the concept of environmental posthumanism through analyses of acclaimed science fiction novels by Greg Bear, Octavia Butler, Philip K. Dick, and Kim Stanley Robinson, in which the human species suddenly transforms in response to new or changing environments. Narrating dramatic ecological events of human-to-nonhuman encounter,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Idema
ISBN: 9781315225470 1315225476 9781351846981 1351846981 9781351847001 1351847007 9781351846998 135184699X
OCLC Number: 1061148419
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 175 pages).
Contents: Introduction: Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy --
Infection: Greg Bear's Darwin's radio --
Disintegration: Jeff Vandermeer's The southern reach --
Amalgamation: Octavia Butler's Lilith's brood --
Coda: bringing literature to life bibliography.
Responsibility: Tom Idema.

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"Stages of Transmutation: Science Fiction, Biology, and Environmental Posthumanism develops the concept of environmental posthumanism through analyses of acclaimed science fiction novels by Greg Bear, Octavia Butler, Philip K. Dick, and Kim Stanley Robinson, in which the human species suddenly transforms in response to new or changing environments. Narrating dramatic ecological events of human-to-nonhuman encounter, invasion, and transmutation, these novels allow the reader to understand the planet as an unstable stage for evolution and the human body as a home for bacteria and viruses. Idema argues that by drawing tension from biological theories of interaction and emergence (e.g. symbiogenesis, epigenetics), these works unsettle conventional relations among characters, technologies, story-worlds, and emplotment, refiguring the psycho-social work of the novel as always already biophysical. Problematizing a desire to compartmentalize and control life as the property of human subjects, these novels imagine life as an environmentally mediated, staged event that enlists human and nonhuman actors. Idema demonstrates how literary narratives of transmutation render biological lessons of environmental instability and ecological interdependence both meaningful and urgent -- a vital task in a time of mass extinction, hyperpollution, and climate change. This volume is an important intervention for scholars of the environmental humanities, posthumanism, literature and science, and science and technology studies"--

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